Perspective - Journal of Food Technology and Preservation (2022) Volume 6, Issue 10
Impact of post-packaging pasteurization and argon altered climate bundling on the tangible quality and development of endogenous microflora of a cut cooked meat item.
Cooked ready-to-eat meat products are subjected to contamination of spoilage microorganisms such as lactic acid bacteria and pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes. These microorganisms contaminate cooked RTE meat products after the cooking step and may further grow during shelf-life potentially leading to spoilage or foodborne diseases, respectively. In the current context of salt, fat and chemical preservatives reduction in meat products formulations, a combined strategy that considers the development of more robust formulations, active packaging and the use of non-thermal post-packaging decontamination strategies seems required to ensure shelf-stable and safe RTE cooked food products.Author(s): Heping Zhang*